Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to educating people on the ways in which the environment affects human health and well-being, has named Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Laura Vandenberg as one of its “20 Pioneers Under 40 in Environmental Public Health” recognizing her “exceptional levels of accomplishment in work that is rigorous, dynamic and builds critical knowledge.”
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences hosted the next event in its Dean's Symposia Series, “Women Behind Bars: Public Health and Criminal Justice Reform,” on Wednesday, September 27, from 4:00-6:00 pm in Campus Center Room 904. The event examined the public health impacts of mass incarceration with a focus on women. Andrea James, the founder and executive director of Families for Justice as Healing, provided the keynote address.
Researchers from Environmental Health Sciences are teaming up with two other campus departments, recruiting current Volkswagen owners (or lease holders) to participate in a paid research study.
Early results from a larger, ongoing study led by Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Pilsner suggest that phthalate levels in expectant fathers have an effect on couples’ reproductive success via epigenetic modifications of sperm DNA. Details appear in the current issue of Human Reproduction, a monthly journal of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology published by Oxford Journals.
Richard Peltier, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, has received a Fulbright Award to conduct research at the University of York. Peltier plans to investigate how to better visualize and analyze air quality data for the citizen scientist and to improve the small sensor approaches his lab has been working on.
In a new paper, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Edward Calabrese continues his campaign to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the linear no threshold (LNT) single-hit model for risk assessment for exposure to ionizing radiation, and by extension, other chemicals and compounds.
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Peltier is interviewed by The Republican in a feature story about his work developing air pollution sensors. He also talks about the differences between working in the U.S. and in other parts of the world. Peltier says air quality in the developing world can be hard to measure and the health effects are equally difficult to track.
Vandenberg notes that the studies look “at several really important issues in environmental health,” adding that "over the past several decades, exposures to environmental chemicals—and estrogens in particular—have continued to rise."
She explains that there are two problems with BPA. The first is our constant exposures in the environment and the second is if exposure occurs during a vulnerable period of development, like fetal development, the effects can be permanent — even if exposures cease.
Environmental Health Sciences postdoctoral researcher Karilyn Sant recently received a three-year, $183,234 Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to examine the mechanisms by which environmental exposures during embryonic development may lead to an increased risk for diabetes and metabolic dysfunction.
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